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Community Gardens

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PHS works to increase access to fresh, healthy food throughout the Greater Philadelphia region by offering resources to the urban agriculture community, most importantly community gardens and urban farms. Services include educational workshops, agroecological production supplies and materials, seedlings, access to the PHS McLean Urban Agriculture Tool Library at Glenwood Green Acres, technical assistance, volunteer assistance, infrastructure improvements, and more for your communal grow space. 

Additionally, we work with gardens and farms at every stage — whether it is just getting started or long-established — to offer support services tailored to the needs of the space and create specialized approaches to set and achieve attainable garden goals. 


Here’s how it works:

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Step 1
Fill out an interest form

Your Garden leader or leaders express an interest in joining the PHS Community Gardens Program by completing a brief interest form below. 

Please note that at this time we are only accepting interest forms from gardens or groups in and around Philadelphia.  We cannot guarantee all gardens interested in the program will be selected due to resource and staff limitations.   

Interest Form
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Step 2
Attend an Information Session / Speak to a PHS Community Gardens Staff Person

PHS staff will follow up with you via email about scheduling a brief phone call. 

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Step 3
Participate in our Garden Tenders Workshop Series

We strongly encourage any garden interested in joining our program to participate in either our Fall or Spring Garden Tenders Series – a six-week course designed to support those interested in starting or sustaining a community garden and grow space.  We can help your garden be even more successful in managing the space, people, and resources. Please visit our event calendar for the next Garden Tenders class. 

Event Calendar
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Step 4
Graduate from Garden Tenders and complete an in-depth application

Share more details about your garden’s culture, current growing operations, goals and areas where you need assistance or support. 

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Step 5
Schedule a Site visit
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Step 6
Get Gardening!

Support services include:

Services Emerging Gardens Established Gardens Mature Gardens

PHS Garden Tenders and Growing Organic Workshop Series

Supplies and Materials

Access to Tool Library

Technical Assistance

Schedule and Organize Volunteer Workdays

PHS Leadership Workshop Series

Capital Improvements

Soil Testing

Gardens and grow sites enrolled in the PHS Community Gardens Program with at least a full season partnering with us are eligible to:

Apply to PHS’s City Harvest initiative which supports growers and community gardeners to increase the production and accessible distribution of organic, culturally relevant, locally grown produce. By participating in City Harvest your site will receive organic vegetable seedlings, direct sow seeds, organic pest control supplies, and other items to grow food for donation.  Eligibility expectations include: one season or more of active participation in the PHS Community Gardens Program, and willingness to complete 10 coop hours / year with the PHS Community Gardens Team. 

If interested in learning more about this additional service, please email us today!

Questions? Contact the PHS Community Gardens Team.